The search for a Manorville man who allegedly solicited a 15-year-old girl for sex earlier this month in Babylon Village, ended Wednesday after he was arrested and charged, Suffolk police said.
Andrew Quattrone, 38, faces a charge of third-degree criminal solicitation and endangering the welfare of a child, Suffolk police said.
Police did not detail the evidence against Quattrone. He has been charged in the past with similar offenses, including a 2014 arrest for allegedly going to a Levittown school and lobbying an 18-year-old to appear in a pornographic movie.
Police said the Babylon Village incident occurred about 5:15 p.m. May 13 in a parking lot behind 24 E. Main St.
It was then, police said, that Quattrone approached the teen, handed her a cell phone "with a pre-typed sexually explicit message for her to read," and requested she perform a sex act. But, police said, when a friend of the victim approached, Quattrone fled the lot in a gray 2006 Acura.
In the 2014 case, Newsday reported that Quattrone pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 90 days in jail. Newsday also reported that Quattrone pleaded guilty to reduced charges and went to prison after a 2009 arrest in which he was accused of trying to solicit sex acts from three girls while out on bail in a gun case.
Online court records show that Quattrone currently has harassment charges pending against him in Nassau County. And in 2016, Newsday reported that he had been arrested and charged after he allegedly approached two 14-year-old girls in Massapequa Park and solicited them with explicit photos and condoms in an effort to get them to make an "adult video."
The resolution of those cases was not immediately known Wednesday.
Police are now asking anyone with information regarding the Babylon incident or anyone who believes they may be a victim of Quattrone to call First Squad detectives at 631-854-8152 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will remain confidential.